The National Women’s Soccer League is in superior discussions to add teams in Boston, Utah and the San Francisco Bay space, in accordance to a Friday’s report in The Wall Street Journal.
The NWSL performed final season with 12 teams after including Los Angeles-based Angel City FC and San Diego Wave FC in 2022.
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According to the report, the teams behind the Boston and San Francisco Bay Area franchises will every pay about $50 million in charges to the NWSL. Owners of the Utah group pays between $2 million and $5 million since an settlement was reached final yr.
“We remain engaged in our expansion process and are excited about our prospects,” a league spokesperson instructed ESPN. “When we have news to share, we will do so.”
San Francisco and Utah are scheduled to start play in 2024, Boston at a later date, in accordance to the report.
Multiple sources instructed ESPN’s Jeff Kassouf in June that Utah can be one of many new teams anticipated to be a part of the league.
NWSL commissioner Jessica Berman instructed ESPN that no less than two teams can be added for the 2024 season and “over 30 investor groups” had been in the league.
The league’s former Utah-based group, Utah Royals FC, entered the NWSL in late 2017. The Royals, led by former Real Salt Lake proprietor Dell Loy Hansen, had been offered after allegations of racism, sexism and a poisonous work tradition towards Hansen. The group was transferred to Kansas City because the Kansas City Current.